Saturday, May 25, 2013

Cone Heads

Regardless of what Fudge thinks, I don't think the world is ready for Portuguese Water Beagles. So yesterday the girls went to visit with Dr B.  Sydney had an umbilical hernia that needed repair. Actually Dr B wanted to spay her and fix the hernia earlier, but I wanted them to be at least six months old. I wanted them to have the benefit of the hormones that aid growth and muscle development. We compromised on the day they turned six months.
When the Portie girls were spayed at 18 months, I spaced them two weeks apart so that I could keep the one most recently done separate and give her special care. This time I decided to get it over with all at once. Having two pups in cones on special routines is rough. They are in separate crates which seems to be causing them more grief than the incisions. They have never been separated before and we heard all about it at bedtime last night.

They are being walked on leash and need some help negotiating doorways and stairs with their cones. Last night they refused to eat and I only managed to get a little yogurt down. But this morning their appetites are coming back and they have eaten some kibble from our hands. Mac is drinking water from the bowl but I'm helping Sydney by giving her water from a syringe.
Mac had a spay and seems to be feeling better today.
Sydney had her spay plus a hernia repair and is hurting. We also had the doctor look at an injury to her eyebrow, a result of a wrestling match with her sister. He said it seems to be healing well and though she'll have a scar he didn't think it needed any special attention.
Tess and Sydney have formed a close bond and last night was hard for Tess hearing her favorite puppy crying. Tess started howling and both pups were squealing. I finally got out of bed, handed out extra cookies and reminded everyone that it was bedtime. After a few more minutes they all quieted down and slept thru till morning.
It sure feels good to roll in your own yard after a day in the hospital.
 The girls are getting pain meds and sedatives. They're sleeping most of the time and getting special meals fed by hand. In a couple weeks this will all be forgotten and the pack will be running together again. Sorry Fudge, but I'll see what I can do about those cupcakes.


Mad about Craft said...

What has to be done has to be done!!

Ruby said...

Oh, poor sweeties!!! It looks like they're already startin' to feel better thou! Paws crossed that tomorrow will be even betters!!
And, no, I don't thinks the world is ready for Portuguese Water Beagles!! BOL
pees: Ma STILL feeds me kibbles by hand...hehehehe I've got her trained good!! All I have to do is pretend I don't want to eat, and Volia!!

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy All, glad the surgery is over and they are back home safe and sound. In a week or so they won't even notice their wounds. We had Stella and Rory done together at five (Rory) and seven (Stella) months and were lucky enough we didn't need cones. It was hard stopping them playing though!! Take care all. No worries, and love, Carol (and Stella and Rory)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Your girls have both grown up so quickly!! I also hope they quickly heal and get on with life--Although their rolling in tandem in the grass does seem to say they are still having fun!!

Hope YOU are doing well too, Sue!

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Poor babies.....those cones. Other than grogginess for the first day, we were rearing to go...stitches or no stitches. 'Keep them quiet' or no directions.

won't be long until you'll be making those pupcakes.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Amber DaWeenie said...

Ouch....All vets do things so differently. Our Pepper was spayed about a month ago. Our vet used laser surgery to spay and the incision was only about 1/2 inch with no cone. Pepper was all back to normal the evening of the surgery.

Special hugs and cuddles to the girls and tell Fudge to remember those cupcakes!

My Dog Sam - Ruptured Disk said...

Oh those look they'll sting a bit.

Molly the Airedale said...

awwwwwww - lots of AireZen is coming your way, Syd and Mac!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

SissySees said...

With their spunk and Fudge's, those would have been some smart, mischievous pups. I'm glad recovery is going well. Good luck keeping them calm enough, long enough!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh you poor babies. Apparently playtime can continue with thel lamphade heads
Benny & Lily

Jo's World said...

I chuckled over Tess being sympathetic with Syd and howling along with her.

They will heal up so fast and be back to their romping and stomping in no time.

It is such a nice gift to give these girls!

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Marjie said...

It's so nice that Tess has taken a special interest in the babies. Hope they are back to full bounciness in no time flat.

Lapdog Creations said...

Those might be the two cutest cone heads ever! Hope you can get some sleep...

Life with Wrigs said...

We're just getting caught up on all your news. Glad you got these surgeries behind you! The girls probably hoped that if they rolled around enough, they'd get those cones off. :-)

Susan and Wrigs